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>> glor: tonight, wedding bells finally. chelsea clinton gets married during a star-studded ceremony in upstate new york. i'm jeff glor. also tonight, where's the oil? skimming crews in the gulf say they're having trouble finding surface oil to clean. is it really gone? shark warnings-- sightings of great white sharks off the coast of cape cod force the closing of miles of beaches. and ring master-- meet the greatest athlete you've never heard of. the horseshoe pitcher who lands a ringer every time. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: good evening.
it's been called the wedding of the century. with 90 years left, that might be slightly ambitious but the union of chelsea clinton and marc mezvinsky has clearly captured the nation's attention. the daughter of bill and hillary clinton is tying the knot this evening in rhinebeck, new york, with a very select gathering invited. elaine quijano has been watching the events all week long from rhinebeck's beakman arms. elaine. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. just a short time ago, in fact, we saw some of the guests staying at the historic beakman chelsea clinton hsa married >> reporter: the bridal buzz surrounding chelsea clinton's wedding has reached a crescendo in the tiny town of rhinebeck. >> right there! >> reporter: all week rumors swirled about an a.-list guest list.
madeleine albright, vernon jordan, and ted dansen are the most recognizable. >> we're very excited. >> reporter: while the wedding party has not yet been spotted, the current secretary of state and a noticeably thinner former president made an appearance at an after-party last night. also friday, he showed up downtown unannounced. he reportedly lost 20 pounds, five pounds more than chelsea's prewedding request. most of the guests we spotted were in their 20s and 30s, friends of the bride and groom. one recognizable face-- chelsea's uncle, roger clinton. he says his family feels blessed. >> i think we're very fortunate to join these two families like this. >> reporter: the ceremony and reception under tents at the majestic aster courts estate could mean a not-so-quiet night for andrea lavin. two days ago she found a bottle of wine from the conveniently name clinton vineyards on her porch with a note apologizing
for blocked roads and security checkpoints. you don't mind the hassle? >> it's only for a couple of days. >> reporter: but on this day with added security to make way for wed, guests, lavin can't go home without this special pass. it's literally your ticket in. >> that's my ticket into the driveway to my own house. >> reporter: in a weekend of events executed with campaign- like efficiency and "code orange" level security, wedding crashers seemed unlikely. >> this is a massive, massive event to throw-- 500 people, big, big tents, lots of v.i.p.s, dignitaries, people who have to be kept safe. >> reporter: back in town, hundred of the uninvited gathered to gawk near the beakman arms inn where some wed, guests are staying. >> we want to enjoy it. we want to celebrate with them. >> reporter: now, just how long might the party last tonight? the f.a.a. has imposed temporary flight reistrations in the airspace over aster courts. that lasts until 3:30 tomorrow morning, jeff. >> glor: all right, elaine
quijano once again in rhinebeck, new york, elaine, thanks. for more on the big wedding, year joined by jim langan, editor of the "hudson valley news." even on the afternoon their daughter was getting married the clintons never confirmed she was getting married. did the secrecy contribute to the hoopla. >> it contributed mightily. in the absence of real information, it just left room for speculation, and it was crazy. even up to this afternoon i met with the owner of one of the hotels where the guests were staying, and i said, "are you done with the confidentiality agreement?" and he said on the phone, "i can't talk about it on the phone." i had to meet him on the street corner like i was doing a drug deal. i'm not kidding! >> glor: i believe you. the atmosphere from your perspective tonight? >> it's tamped down a little bit from yesterday. it was crazy but it's slightly less crazy tonight but the night is young. >> glor: so, jim, when all this is over, what happens to rhinebeck, new york?
>> i think most people go back to their day jobs and turn to the guy sitting next to them and go, "did i see bill clinton down the street with about 5,000 cameras and people chasing him?" i mean, that's all you can do. >> glor: it's been a bit crazy. jim langan, editor of the "hudson valley news." once again we appreciate your time. enjoy yourself this evening, jim. >> thank you very much. >> glor: we turn to the disaster gulf tonight. on day 103, the worst of the oil slick appears to be done gone, on the surface at least. questions remain about whatalize beneath. also with the static kill scheduled to begin early next, we b.p. is starting to scale back its crews. don teague is in grand isle, louisiana this evening. don, good evening. >> good evening, jeff. how much oil is still lurking out there in the gulf? it's a question without a clear answer 16 days after b.p. finally capped its blown-out well. in alabama, beaches finally
reopened for swimming friday, the water declared safe. >> at first, we were skeptical about the water. but when we got down here and saw how clear it was, kids wanted to get in. >> reporter: the visible oil slick in the gulf is shrinking and skimming boat crews says it's getting hard tore find oil to clean up. the navy is even using a blimp to search for patches of oil. experts say bacteria in the warm waters appears to be quickly eating it up. >> the bacteria have grown to remove it, and all of a sudden, there's no new oil going in the water so the bacteria are looking for food they, get hungry, too, and they're degrading the residual oil. >> reporter: news that led b.p. to admit on friday it's reducing the size of the cleanup effort on land and at sea with fewer contracted fishing boats pulling boom. >> the surface manifestations are going down and the fishing back open, it's natural that the number of vessels of opportunity would go down. >> reporter: b.p. may be scaling
back its cleanup operations but it that doesn't mean the oil is no longer a threat. this island in timballier bay was hit and there's no one to clean up the sticky, gooey mess. local officials worry there is much more oil in plumes below the surface and fear b.p. will reduce cleanup efforts along the coast too soon. >> if they there's no oil next week and it comes in the bottom the following week and all the attention goes somewhere else, i mean, and you guys leave us, i mean, i'm just-- i just don't want to lose that help. >> reporter: well, the mayor of grand isle is so convinced there is substantial oil below the surface offshore, later this week he will take a boat out himself and drag a mesh net trying to find it. >> glor: don teague in grand isle, thank you. a congressional panel that oversaw a two-year investigation into ethics violations by
charles rangel recommended last night that rangel receive a reprimand rather than be censured by the house. the president sent a pretty clear message to rangel during an exclusive interview with cbs news. bill plante has more. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. it was a blunt message, indeed. rangel's battle to beat back the ethics charges and keep his seat took a major hit from the president. mr. obama did something presidents rarely do-- he sent an unusually blunt message to a member of his own party. >> i think charlie rangel serve very long time and served his constituents very well, but these allegations are very troubling. >> reporter: in an interview with harry smith for tomorrow's "sunday morning" and monday's "early show," the president all but said rangel should resign from congress. >> he's somebody who is at the end of his career, eight years
80 years old. i'm sure what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity and my hope is that that happens. >> reporter: after rangel and his lawyers would not agree to a settlement which would have required him to admit at least some of the allegations, the ethics committee announced 13 formal charges. a half dozen democrats in congress have already called for rangel to resign. they are clearly fearful a trial, beginning in september and lasting for weeks, could have a devastating effect when voters go to the polls in november. making matters worse, unrelated ethics charges have also been filed against democrat maxine waters of california, which could lead to a second trial this fall. but despite the nudge from the president, there's no indication that rangel, who has already lost the chairmanship of the ways and means committee, is prepared to take the next step and resign. >> glor: the d.c. perspective tonight-- does charlie rangel survive? >> reporter: well, you know, an admonishment like that from a
president would torpedo just about any other politician but don't back off on charlie rangel. he has the ability to get re- elected in a new york minute in his district, for one thing. and for another, he apparently doesn't care, according to a lot of people what, the president or the other members of the party think. >> glor: he may not care, but does he have any support in congress right now? >> reporter: well, he still has most of the new york delegation, no question about that, and he has the congressional black caucus. some of the black caucus members, by the way, are very upset that the first black president took such an usually public cudgel to one of the black caucus' founding members. >> glor: bill plante at the white house tonight. bill, thank you very much. a reminder again, you can see more of harry smith's exclusive interview with president obama first thing tomorrow on "sunday morning expwts on monday's "early show." none of the fiery local political issue that's going national, an islamic center that might be built only two blocks from ground zero in manhattan.
early next week, this debate could hit a climax. >> reporter: the controversy over a planned islamic center in the shadow of the new towers at ground zero began as a local issue. >> it would be a travesty to permit this building to be removed. >> islamo phobia, pure and simple. >> reporter: but the emotional debate over building a muslim house of worship there has become a national political football playing out in this fall's midterm elections. a republican political action committee web ad puts the controversy front and center. >> this ground is sacred. where we weep, they rejoice. >> reporter: on the lecture circuit, republicans, including former speaker of the house, newt gingrich have, rallied against the project. >> to suggest that a few blocks from a site in which islamist extremists killed nearly 3,000 americans that we should tolerate? >> on her twitter account, sara palin urged peaceful new yorkers to reject the plan which she described as an unnecessary
provocation. >> for conservatives this is a good issue to talk about because it energizes their base, fits into their larger argument about how the democrats have taken their eye off the ball in war against terrorists. >> reporter: the cultural center could be built two blocks north of the world trade center site. supporters say it include a dedicated prayer space but not a traditional moscow. nine yeares after the world trade center attacks the idea of an islamic center so close to ground zero still carries a lot of raw emotion. in a recent quinnipiac university poll, 52% of new yorkers surveyed said they did not want the mosque to be built at all. 31% are in favor of it. opponents of the center want the building designated as a historic landmark which would prevent it from being torn down or its exterior altered. they hope it would delay the project enough to kill it. a decision on the landmark ruling is expected next week. >> glor: just ahead on
>> glor: at the height of the summer vacation season, five miles of a cape cod beach in chatham have been closed after great white sharks showed up. for many, the lure of the great white is irresistible as we hear tonight from tony guida. >> reporter: the beaches off chatham were closed after five great white sharks were spotted in the water, one estimated to be 12 feet long and weigh 1500 pounds, cruising just 100 yards offshore. >> what we're experiencing here, it's quite surprising. >> reporter: especially at this point in the summer. great whites are no strangers to these waters, but usually they show up much later, around labor
day last year as many as a dozen of the huge sharks were spotted nearby. but now, gray seals are crowding these waters. that news travels fast, say shark experts. >> somehow, the word is out in the great white shark population, and they're arriving to eat their preferred meal. >> a 15-foot great white was spotted feeding on seals off nauset beach july 11. two weeks earlier fishermen aboard the "sweet dreams" caught a baby, a seven-footer, they tagged it and released it. >> to see one within a few feet was amazing. >> reporter: tourists feel the same way. >> what's that fin following him? ( laughter ). >> stop it! >> reporter: have aicationers can't get here fast enough. the manager of the this beach restaurant is besieged with questions. >> they're very curious about these things. eats a phenomenon in nature. >> reporter: marine scientists tracked sharks saturday hoping
to tag them. it's surprising how little the scientists been these creatures. they hope data from the tags will tell them, for instance, how deep the whites dive, what they eat and where they spend the winters. >> we have a fascination with sharksharks that is probably boh morbid and also respectful. >> reporter: the scientists tagged just one great white saturday. tony guida, cbs news, new york. >> glor: california firefighters appear to have beaten back a wildfire outside of palmdale. the fire is two-third contained. officials warn winds might fan the flames again.
>> glor: it has been a year now since iran arrested three american hikers accusing them of being spies. despite pleas from their family, friends, and even president obama, iran still refuses to let them go. mark phillips has more. >> reporter: sara shour, 31 years old, shane bauer and josh fattal, both 28, have now spent an entire year in an iranian prison. their families say they were in the wrong place at the wrong time-- hiking in iraqi kurdistan along the iraq-iran border. it's been a year of incarceration for the three
hikers and a frustration for their mothers who organized demonstrations on the anniversary. >> we really know no more today than we did july 31 2009 about their case. that's what's outrageous. >> reporter: president obama has issued a statement saying the three have never worked for the u.s. government and that their unjust detention has nothing to do with the issues that continue to divide the united states from the iranian government. but in an interview with cbs news correspondent richard roth last week, iran's president remains defiant. >> ( translated ): they have cross owrd borders and that is against the law. we are not happy to keep them here. we are very sad about it that these people are in prison but there is a law." >> reporter: the three mothers were allowed to visit their children last may but have heard nothing since. but a year later, they're not giving up.
>> no, i have not given up hope. none of us has given up hope. we know the whole world understanding this is a political game so let's get on with the game, okay, get it over with. >> reporter: mark phillip, cbs news, london. >> glor: still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, lorpd of the ringers-- meet the best horseshoe pitcher ever.
>> glor: finally tonight, he's been called perhaps the most dominant athlete in any sport in this entire country. never heard of him? that's because his persuit is slightly below the radar and that is the focus of tonight's "weekend journal." alan francis, the best ever. alan francis is a machine. pitching his two and a half pound horseshoes 40 feet landing them over and over on a 15-inch stake. >> throwing ringers, that's the name of the game. >> glor: nearly 90% of his tossers are ringers which helped him win the horseshoe pitching world championship the past seven years, 15 times overall. >> whatever my best performance is, i want to beat it. >> glor: now 40, francis has been pitching since he was seven when he practiced five hours a day, learning the basics from his dad. >> as little movement as possible is what my dad always
taught me. >> glor: was it love at first pitch? >> probably not at first pitch but once i got a little older it became something i loved to do. >> glor: and he loved winning. the junior championships and the big trophies that followed. of course, it's not as easy as francis makes it look. and the idea is it for to do one-- >> one flip. beautiful! yeah, very good! >> glor: that was very lucky. francis says beginners hit ringers only 1% to 3% of the time. his rate of 90 is unreal, but maybe not his peak. >> you're never quite satisfied. you're always thinking you can get a little bit better. >> glor: now matter how good he gets, there's not much money in it. the world championship prize is $4,000. he earns the same amount every year from sales of his signature horseshoes. his real job is purchasing manager for a local printing company in his home town of defieps, ohio. if nike wants to officially
sponsor you, you're accepting offers. >> very much so. >> glor: horseshoes is also how francis met his wife, amy. she was once runner up in the women's world championship. >> his ability to be in the zone all the time is what has really made him a great player. i see the eaglize is what i call it. he looks like an eagle baring down and looking at his prey. >> glor: francis remains a very humble champ. >> i don't think much about comparing myself to, you know, tiger or nicklaus or jordan. those guys, i mean, they're at a different level than me. >> glor: he's a fantastic guy, too. francis will defend his title at the horseshoe pitching world championships in cedar rapids, iowa, starting on monday. that is the cbs evening news tonight. later on cbs, "48 hours mystery." russ mitchell will be here tomorrow night. i'm jeff glor, cbs news in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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